Hyphens are okay but you want people to remember your site name. Having an easy to remember domain name is important.
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Also if you use underscore between the words in an underlined live link it gets lost and looks like an actual space. probably niot bad for the engines but could be bad for users trying to remember your URL?
Hyphen are fine for SEO however, I would rather not use them. But I do own many sites with 1 or 2 hyphens that rank well. I would not use more than 2 hyphens. But do beware that many people view URLs with hyphen as sort of spammy...
Using hyphen in the url is always seo friendly. Use hyphens instead of underscores. Please see this Google suggestion to know more about url structures.
You say that "Google see each hyphened word as individual word." You also say the its sees A-B-C as A, B and C, which are also individual words!
In fact, quickly performed tests show that Google easily parses Word1Word2Word3, Word1-Word2-Word3, and Word1_Word2_Word3 into Word1 Word2 Word3.
Do searches for pennstateticketman, penn-state-ticket-man, and penn_state_ticket_man, and note that in each case the top organic listing is for Penn State Ticket Man.
Also note that, further down on each of the 3 SERP pages is a match on PennStateTicketMan.
Last edited by deepsand; 05-13-2011 at 03:21 AM.